It’s History Week – time for Victorians to commemorate with a dram of whisky and learn more about Australian Spirits.
Luke McCarthy is your man and his new book is The Australian Spirits Guide. Luke’s sturdy and finely illustrated volume, The Australian Spirits Guide, tackles the local producers of whisky, gin, rum, vodka, brandy and tells us their stories. At the History Week event, you’ll get a chance to meet the author and hear how it all came together.
You’ll also get to check out Seb Costello’s BAD FRANKIE. Seb is a hipster with a hankering for history and whisky. He joined the Fitzroy Historical Society to research the history of spirits in Australia before setting up his Fitzroy bar. Seb says joining the Fitzroy Historical Society put him in touch with a network of members, who helped him find the information he sought about Australia’s early whisky and spirit distillers. The rest, as they say, is history!
DID YOU KNOW?: BAD FRANKIE is named after the infamous Governor of Van Diemen’s Land, John Franklin, who outlawed small pot stills in the early 19th century. Unfortunately, this was written into national law when Australia was federated and it wasn’t until 150 years later when the ‘grandfather of Australian spirits’, Bill Lark, overturned the law and started to produce his own whisky. Since then the industry has expanded exponentially and continues to do so. Australian now produces a wide range of spirits, including whiskey, gin, vodka, rum and liqueurs.
Location: Bad Frankie, 141 Greeves St (near Smith St), Fitzroy
Enquiry: 03 9078 3866; firstname.lastname@example.org